Public hearing May 8 to address possible closure of Larrabee Elementary


BELLINGHAM - Parents and community members who'd like to have a say in the potential closure of Larrabee Elementary School will have a chance to voice their opinions at a public hearing Wednesday, May 8.

The hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the gym at Larrabee, 1409 18th St., with a public comment period for people to share their thoughts about the school's possible closure.

Supporters of the school plan to rally outside Larrabee at 5 p.m. before the hearing.

Superintendent Greg Baker endorsed the closure in April, but the Bellingham School Board needs to vote to approve the closure before it's official. That vote could take place at the board's meeting Thursday.

The exact date for the potential closure hasn't been decided, though it could be June 2014, June 2015 or June 2016. If Larrabee closes, then the school's students would be split between nearby Lowell and Happy Valley elementary schools.

The district is still discussing how the school building and property could be used if the school is closed.

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